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Obama Visits the Arctic Circle09/02/15
President Obama ends his Alaska visit today with more calls for urgent action on climate change. But is the US taking urgent enough action to get a foothold in the northern polar region where Russia, China and other nations have already staked claims?
Slumping Stocks and a Government Crackdown: China at a...
China's stocks tumbled once again today, after bad news from the manufacturing sector. Is the world's second largest economy in a free fall? Can Beijing rebuild confidence while cracking down on dissent?
Will Europe Close Its Borders to Migrants and Refugees?
Record numbers of migrants and refugees are fleeing wartorn and impoverished countries for Europe, sometimes losing their lives in the process. Can the European Union agree on a unified immigration strategy and maintain its open border policy while...
Trusting Doctors to Teach Tomorrow's Doctors Ethical...
Stories of outrageous behavior by doctors in operating rooms have the medical profession in an uproar. They were reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is accused of creating mistrust among patients. We hear about the stories and why they...
Ten Years after Katrina: A Tale of Two Cities
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was left under water 10 years ago ? one of the worst disasters in American history. Today, it's celebrating a historic recovery ? but not for everybody.
Hillary's Email Controversy
Controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email account while she was Secretary of State is not going away?despite her claim that she's been caught in a turf war between intelligence agencies. As the FBI continues its investigation, we look at the...
The US, Russia and "Hybrid Warfare"
The US and Russia have not gone back to the Cold War yet. But, after years of fighting in the Middle East, America's military establishment is gearing up to counter a greater threat to American security: "hybrid warfare" used by Vladimir Putin in...
The American Cop, One Year after Ferguson
Even for officers who haven't been caught on camera, cell-phone videos have made it harder to be a police officer in the United States. We hear what intensified scrutiny means to the cop on the beat. Will it lead to reform, including accountability?
Pilots Are Now Sharing the Skies with Drones
It's too early to call it a crisis, but it may be just a matter of time before an unmanned drone collides with a commercial airliner. Already, drones have interfered with aerial firefighters and injured people on city streets. Drone technology has...
The GOP and Foreign Policy: Long on Rhetoric, Short on...
The 17 Republican candidates for president are almost unanimous when it comes to foreign affairs. Almost all are getting their ideas from one group of advisors, called the John Hay Initiative.
Where Have All the Teachers Gone?
Public school districts that handed out pink slips during the Great Recession are now struggling with a shortage of classroom teachers?despite the Recovery. The number of college students enrolled to be trained for teaching dropped by 30% between 2010...
Is Free Speech in Trouble on Campus?
College students around the country are demanding protection from words, ideas and unintentional actions that can marginalize and discriminate. Critics warn of a threat to critical thinking?the purpose and the benefit of higher education.
Political Outsiders: How Long Will They Last?
Donald Trump is getting the headlines and Bernie Sanders is drawing the crowds in the Republican and Democratic nomination campaigns. They may be political ?outsiders? in different ways, but their populist messages are shaping the dialogue so far for...
China's Robot Revolution and the Future of our Workforce
From Chinese factories to America's white-collar middle class, robots may soon be replacing more and more people. We look at what the future might hold as machines get smarter than we are.
Police Repression and Police Reform
After a year of high-profile killings, the time is ripe for police reform, and departments around the country are in search of a model. We hear about racial profiling, "broken windows" and "community policing."
Europe's Migrant Crisis
Greece, France, Italy and Germany are all trying to accommodate an increased flow of refugees fro Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and other countries. We focus on England as a microcosm of the migration crisis facing the European Union.
The Value of Giving Prisoners an Education
America's crackdown on crime is giving way to concern about the high-cost of mass incarceration. President Obama wants to give Pell Grants for college to inmates in prison ? to find out if higher education makes them less likely to commit new crimes....
Finding Friends to Fight ISIS in Syria
The US has agreed to train and equip "moderate" Syrians in the fight against ISIS. But it's demanding that trainees agree not to make war on the oppressive regime of Bashar al-Assad. Is that policy doomed to failure?
Analysis of the First GOP Debate in Cleveland, Ohio
Nine other candidates were the supporting cast last night as Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential candidates first confrontation on prime-time TV. We hear they tried to challenge him for the lead.
How to Teach US History to Our High School Kids
Conservatives and liberals may never agree about the details of American history, but there's only one College Board. Now conservatives have forced a change in advanced placement standards for high school students. Has a "balance" finally been...
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